Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 08 – Interview with Alton Hitchcock

Joel sat down with local San Diego home-brewer, father, real estate agent and part-time philosopher Alton Hitchcock to discuss many things. In the process, they talked about shoes, ships, ceiling wax, cabbages and kings. Just kidding… actually, they talked about: BEER! Also Saké and whiskey and much more.

Show Notes:

Guest: Alton Hitchcock
Alton on Instagram: @whatsbrew
Mode Real Estate: Alton Hitchcock

Beer:

The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing / The Hop Concept

KuraCali Saké

Setting Sun Saké

Alton’s Home-brew:

  • A Blonde Ale “Dry-Candied” with Watermelon Jolly Ranchers

Burgeon Beer Co.

  • CitraSmella – a Pale Ale with Citra and Denali hops

Mikkeller San Diego
Alpine Beer Co
Arts District Brewing

 

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 07 – Interview with Stephen Parmley & Firestone Walker Anniversary Blends

 

This week, a special blending session with the goal of recreating several of Firestone Walker’s Anniversary barrel-aged blends leads to an interview with the man whose idea it was: Stephen Parmley. Stephen waxes poetic on the emergent craft beer scene of the San Francisco Bay area over the last few decades, and his fascination with blending beer.

Show Notes:

Guest: Stephen Parmley

Beer:

Gordon Biersch

Steelhead

Firestone Walker – the blending components:

  • Anniversary XX – a Strong Ale comprised of various barrel-aged beer components.
  • Parabola 2016 – a Russian imperial oatmeal stout aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace.
  • Helldorado 2016 – a barrel-aged Blonde Barleywine.
  • Stickee Monkee 2016 – a Belgian Quad brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Velvet Merkin 2016 – an Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Bravo 2017 – an Imperial Brown Ale aged in retired American oak bourbon barrels.
  • Rye Double DBA – an Imperial ESB aged in bourbon barrels and then moved into rye whiskey barrels for further aging.

Modern Times Beer

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 06 Bonus – Tusker Solodome

In this brief, bonus episode, Joel finds a blast from his past on the shelf when he happens upon Tusker African Lager.  Hence, a solodome mission is commissioned to taste it again and find out whether it measures up to the fond memories he has.

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 06 – Wicked Weed Angels

At an epic bottle share at Plan 9 Ale House, all of the OG Wicked Weed Angels got popped. The very next morning, news broke that Wicked Weed had sold out to AB InBev. In this episode, Joel & Curtis reunite over a couple of delicious beers at Smog City up in greater Los Angeles to discuss.

Show Notes:

Guest: Curtis Fjelstad
Curtis on Instagram: @bigcurt19x8
Curtis’ beer blog: Between Beers & Other Bullshit

Beer:

Invert the Sun – a barrel-aged wild sour ale with boysenberry.
Monkish Brewing

Red Angel – an American Sour Ale aged in red wine barrels with raspberries.
White Angel – an American Sour Ale aged in white wine barrels with Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes.
Black Angel – an American Sour Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels with tart cherries.
Golden Angel – an American Sour Ale aged in barrels with apricots.
Angel of Darkness – An American Sour Ale aged for 14 months in Oloroso sherry casks with boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries and cherries.
Wicked Weed Brewing
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Infinite Wishes – an Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels.
Ch’nooks & Crannies – Chinook-dry-hopped sour blonde with cranberries.
Bourbon O.E. – an English Barleywine aged for 13 months in bourbon barrels.
Smog City Brewing

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Beer with Pleasant Strangers – Episode 05 – Interview with Alan Wells – Audio Only

In this episode, Joel sits down with Alan Wells, a talented, San Diego native local home brewer who has recently returned from a trip to Munster, Indiana for the 2017 iteration of 3 Floyds’ storied Dark Lord Day Celebration.

Show Notes:

Guest: Alan Wells
Alan’s home-brew project on Untappd: Lanoitan Beer Co

Beer:

Jam the Radar – originally a variant of Darkstar November. An Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and finished with cacao nibs and raspberries. First time bottled release in 2017.
Bottle Logic Brewing

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